In the early morning hours of Sunday December 2nd, an Oak Lawn Patrol officer saw a U-Haul Truck pull out of a parking lot near 90th and Cicero and used his hunch to investigate and make an arrest.
At about 5 a.m., the officer was patrolling the area due to a previous burglary when he noticed the 20 foot truck pull out of a shopping center north of the U-Haul store and became suspicious since the businesses were closed and a similar truck had been stolen a week ago.
As the officer turned into the U-Haul parking lot, the truck passed the squad and the officer decided to follow the truck, which quickly turned right onto 91st Street. When the officer reached the truck, he found it parked blocking an alley near 49th Avenue but while the truck had its lights on, there wasn’t anyone in the truck.
The officer passed the truck turned and drove a bout a block west, turned off his own lights and circled back. As the squad creeped backed toward the truck, the officer saw someone with a gray jacket, light colored jeans, and a hood up run across the street from the truck and duck behind bushes near a home. He then ran back toward the truck before disappearing.
The officer circled the area and eventually saw two men walking southbound on 49th Avenue near the 9200 block. He asked both men, identified as Leeland D. Evans and Raymond Andrews what they were doing. Both men claimed that they had walked great distances of over five miles and and were meeting up at 95th Street.
It had been raining for hours but neither man showed any sign of being in the rain for a walk of five miles. Despite this fact, both men denied being in the truck and stuck to their story about joining up after the long walks from different locations.
As Evans and Andrews were providing their walking story, another officer confirmed that the U-Haul truck had been stolen. Both Evans and Andrews were detained for further investigation. During a search of Evans, a key matching the key for the truck was found according to the police.
At the police station, Evans refused to answer questions saying that he “pleads the fifth” and “I don’t want to talk to you”. Andrews allegedly told officers that Evans was driving and only told him that the truck was stolen after making the initial turn onto 91st Street.
Evans, a 44 year old black male with a Joliet address, was charged with a felony, possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Andrews, a 21 year old black male from Chicago, was charged with a misdemeanor of criminal trespass to a vehicle.